A man opened fire with a gun from a passing van in the mainly Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa in Jerusalem, killing an Israeli civilian and wounding four others on Monday, the second deadly terror attack in the city this month. Police shot and killed the attacker.
The incident came days before Israelis celebrate their independence day, and was not affiliated with any terror group or group that might claim to be in retaliation for the killing of an attacker by Israeli forces in Jerusalem last week.
A military spokeswoman said the gunman approached a group of people on a street before getting out of the car, firing on the Israelis and then driving away. She said he did not fire at any Israeli security forces. It was not immediately clear if he was wounded.
Violence has escalated recently in parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Israelis suffered serious losses this month after they were hit by a wave of deadly attacks.
In two separate incidents, Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and east Jerusalem, the location of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, opened fire on Israeli security forces, killing four Israelis over the last two weeks.
In a third incident, a Palestinian woman killed an Israeli settler and her two daughters near the West Bank city of Hebron. A 15-year-old girl on her way to school was critically wounded. The women reportedly were acting as human shields against an arrest attempt.
In response to the recent attacks, Israel has released dozens of Palestinian prisoners to free up space for more security forces. Palestinian officials have called the move a provocative effort to trap prisoners in Israeli jails and spark unrest ahead of the July 28 national celebration, which is also the beginning of the school year.
Separately, Israeli police said a group of Palestinians attacked a civilian in the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday. The attack left the civilian in critical condition, police said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.